Today we get to know our JV Girls Soccer Coach & Game Manager, Monica Tarzy! In case you’re wondering about the last name, yes she is the daughter of our boys varsity soccer coach Arnold Tarzy and the sister of our golf coach Robert Tarzy. We’ve got the whole family here! So get to know Coach Monica Tarzy today.
Hello!! I am the girls JV soccer coach here at Churchill. Some of you may recognize me more as game manager and ticket collector at the girls and boys basketball games the past 2 winter seasons. This is my 5th year coaching at Churchill but my 12th year coaching. I began my coaching career at Potomac Soccer Club, and then quickly took my passion and skills to Richard Montgomery High school starting as the JV coach (2 years) and becoming the Varsity coach (5 years). What I love most about being a part of the Churchill soccer family is that not only do I get to coach and see my Dad (Arnold Tarzy, coach of the boys Varsity Soccer Team) who I looked up to my whole life, but I am coaching alongside my favorite club coaches as a kid. Haroot Hakopian was my coach for 3 years for my Bethesda soccer team.
I was born here in Washington, D.C. and grew up close to Churchill in Rockville, MD. I lived with my Mom (Mindy), Dad(Arnold), and brother(Robert). I attended Ritchie Park Elementary, Julius West Middle School, and then Richard Montgomery High school. For college I attended the University of Maryland in order to receive a degree in Elementary education. I am a Maryland girl through and through. GO TERPS!! I now teach at my Middle School, Julius West, as a Science teacher and 6th grade team leader.
- What motivates you to work hard?
Failing motivates me! The fear of failing is always something I have always consumed myself with. As a soccer player I have always worked until the end of each and every game and practice to ensure I completed the task asked of me, and if I did not work to achieve those tasks I would have felt failure. So, it would motivate and encourage me to work harder and harder until it was done. That way I would not fail, but as I got older I learned that failure is ok, because you can learn from it. But, that would create even more motivation to work more to make the changes. “No excuses, play like a champion!”
2. What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?
I always wanted to be a teacher. I used to read books and act out stories with my friends when I was very young. I loved playing “school.” I was always a hard working student but school did not come easy to me, but I once had a teacher who inspired me to use my passion of playing “school” with my friends, and teaching them things for fun, and turned it into a strategy for my learning!! I would learn something new in school and take it back to my friends and reteach it, and the more I taught something the better I understood what I needed for my grades. And from then on I could never look back. I knew teaching was my calling. To make myself and others better learners.
3. What is your favorite childhood memory?
I will never forget playing soccer, basketball, and street hockey with rollerblades everyday after school in the court down the street from my childhood home. We were very close with the kids in our neighborhood and we would all challenge one another to games and competitions each day. One of the best games we would play was manhunt (hide-and-seek). It would last all hours of the afternoon and span across the connecting neighborhood. I just remember having to be home before the streetlights came on! We did not have watches or phones to tell the time otherwise. Those were fun times.
4. What is the last book you read that you absolutely couldn’t put down?
“White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo. I have always been a huge advocate for equality and change, and this summer during the BLM movement and protests, I took interest in the views of this book. It was originally a read my entire teaching staff was asked to read, but it turned into something I could not put down. It provided a lot of answers and clarification to the world we live in.
5. What’s your all-time favorite movie?
That is way to hard for me, but I love “Finding Forrester” with Sean Connery
6. Who is your favorite band?
I don’t listen to many bands but I am a huge hip hop lover and my favorite hip hop artist is Jay-Z. And, he just so happened to marry one of my favorite singers Beyonce so a win- win
7. What is your favorite holiday?
The fourth of July! I love my times at the beach each year sitting on the beach watching the fireworks and wearing red, white, and blue attire all day. Oh and of course the BBQ food that goes along with it.
8. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Nachos/ Chips and dip. I have been having chips and dip as a snack everyday since I was a kid. I could not live without it. I also love that you can make nachos topped with anything. I am a big foodie so this question was hard!
9. Which famous person would you like to be best friends with?
I would like to be best friends with Justin Timberlake. I wish I could marry him but being friends is close enough.
10. If you could have a superpower what would it be?
If I could have a super power, it would be to have the power of flight. I would love to be able to fly because it would allow me to travel the world and see all the amazing animals, monuments, and food our world has!!
Coach at BLM march in Rockville this past summer.
Coach w/her girls.
Coaching for Juventus Academy.
Senior Picture from Richard Montgomery HS.